Beer Review: Deschutes Hop Henge IPA

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Got a whole lot of backed up reviews I got to get out. Up first from Oregon’s Deschutes is their experimental IPA Hop Henge. Hop Henge comes in at 9.2% ABV and 95 IBUs.

Nose: Pine, resin, onion, hop nuggets, citrus, grapefruit. Really get the smell of hop nuggets in your hand fresh out of a bag. Super fresh smelling, getting some earthy tones in there as well. Really pleasant nose with lots of elements.

Appearance: Hazy light copper color with a 1 finger head and some great sticky lacing as your drink it down.

Taste/Mouth: Grassy, earthy and piney are right up front. It has a dry mouthfeel throughout with a dry and bitter finish. Its very bitter throughout with some nice citrus, especially grapefruit flavors coming through. Taste and feel are a little disappointing after the really nice nose this beer has, still drinkable and enjoyable though.

Price/Availability: Seasonal release and at $6 for a bomber this is one I grab every time I see it on the shelf for sure.

Overall: Price is right and this is a solid drinkable beer. Nose is really great and the taste leaves a bit to be desired but it is drinkable for 9.2%. Again, this is a beer I will purchase every year at $6 and be very happy each time!

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Deschutes Jubelale

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This is actually a review of last year’s Jubelale from Deschutes, just finally getting around to turning my notes into a proper review. They changed the packaging and label this year as it has just begun to show up on shelves. That’s how far behind I am on these reviews!

Appearance: Dark brown with a 1 finger head and some really great lacing.

Nose: Sweet caramel, brown sugar, caramelized sugars, toasted malt with some nice chocolate notes in there as well. Really nice malty, sweet nose. Smells like a delicious cookie.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose pretty closely with lots of caramel, sweet and roasty flavors. Brown sugar, caramelized sugars and a little bite from the carbonation make this a really easy beer to drink. Malt dominates the palate with really no hop presence at all.

Price/Availability: 6 pack for around 9-10$ in Chicago. Mostly available in the midwest and west coast, although Deschutes footprint may be bigger than it used to. It is a seasonal beer available in Fall/Winter.

Overall: One of the best winter seasonals out there, its not one of those gimicky bullshit spiced beers or loaded with orange peel or coriander. It is just a really great, malty, drinkable beer perfect for a cold night by the fireplace. I will always have a few of these in the winter months.

Grade: B+